Grand Hustle’s “Hustle Gang” member Doe B killed in Alabama

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Up-and-coming rapper Doe B, a member of Grand Hustle’s Hustle
Gang, was shot and killed in his home town of Montgomery, Ala. early Saturday. He was 22. His management confirmed the MC’s death on Twitter, though details of the shooting are still trickling in.

“On behalf of doe b’s management i would like to thank all of his fans and say Rest in Peace my brother Glenn thomas aka @CBMDOEB”

DOE B. @CBMDOEB Follow

Doe B — born Glenn Thomas — was fatally shot during an incident at the Centennial Bar and Grill on Highland Avenue in Montgomery. The shooting occurred at around 1:30 a.m. Local reports indicated a second person was also killed, though police have not released victims’ names because all families have not been notified.

According to Global Grind, which cites friends on Twitter, the second victim in the shooting was a young woman named Kim Johnson, who turned 21 this week and was a student at Troy University in nearby Troy, Ala.

The Centennial is in a small building that formerly housed the Rose Supper Club (see Google Map), which was the site of a shooting in December 2012 that left six people injured.

The young rapper specialized in the Trap style and was known for his relaxed delivery and signature eye patch — the result of another shooting three years ago.

He was signed to Atlanta-based label Grand Hustle Records by founder T.I. and made noise on the Hustle Gang’s “G.D.O.D. compilation, later releasing the buzz-grabbing mixtape “Baby Jesus” over the summer. In recent months he has dropped videos for tracks including “Let Me Find Out” featuring T.I. and Juicy J, “Trap Muzik” and “2 Many,” featuring Rich Homie Quan

T.I. tweets
“RIP to my lil brother Doe B. We gon miss u my nigga. U’ll never be forgotten & U WILL NOT DIE IN VAIN. We Love U champ. Always.”

T.I. @Tip Follow

Update: The Blueprint Group, the management firm to which Doe B was signed, has released a statement following the rapper’s death.

“Doe B was an amazing young man, in every sense of the word,” the statement reads. “A truly talented artist, a loving father and a dedicated member of the hip hop community at large, he touched the lives of the many people who had the privilege of knowing him. The Blueprint Group offers our condolences to our Doe B label partners Interscope / Hustle Gang, his management DJ Frank White and Brooklyn Knights, and most of all his family, friends and fans at this very difficult time. We ask that you remember him not by his untimely death, but by his love of life and the music he left behind.”

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